Council Recommendation on Roma inclusion adopted
Today all 28 European Union Member States unanimously committed to implementing a set of recommendations, proposed by the European Commission, to step up the economic and social integration of Roma communities. It is the first ever EU-level legal instrument for Roma inclusion. With the adoption of the Recommendation Member States commit to taking targeted action to bridge the gaps between the Roma and the rest of the population. Based on Commission reports on the situation of the Roma over recent years, the Recommendation focuses on the four areas: access to education, employment, healthcare and housing.
Although the Recommendation is not legally binding, Member States are now expected to put concrete measures into practice to make a difference for Roma people on the ground. A progress report by the Commission in June showed that Member States need to do better in implementing their national Roma integration strategies under the EU Framework for national Roma integration strategies. The Commission will again report back on progress made by Member States in spring 2014.